Parasite - 2020 PGA Award Nominations

Hot on the heels of the Writers Guild of America chiming in with their award nominations for the films of 2019, the Producers Guild of America is revealed the nominees for their 31st annual awards ceremony. There aren’t really any surprises among the nominees for film with Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Knives Out, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite all landing a nomination for the PGA’s equivalent of Best Picture. Rounding out the noms are recent Golden Globe winners 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Along with the nominations for motion pictures, the PGA also announced their awards for animated movies, streaming and cable movies, as well as television. Get the full list of 2020 PGA Award nominations below. Read More »

bafta 2020 nominations

The joke might be on the BAFTA Film Awards this year, whose nominees in the major categories were overwhelmingly white and male. Leading the pack is Joker, which scored 11 nominations, closely followed by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 each, and 1917 trailing closely behind with nine. The BAFTA 2020 nominations were announced just this morning but already the British Academy is facing backlash for the lack of diversity in the main acting categories as well as the absence of female filmmakers on the director’s shortlist.

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Avengers: Infinity War - Iron Spider Concept Art

Could we see Quicksilver pop up in WandaVision? When will the Green Arrow and the Canaries backdoor pilot air and what will it entail? Want to read the entire Joker screenplay? Does Marvel have full control of Hulk and Namor again? Want to see Morgan Stark take Captain America‘s shield sledding? Are you ready for what Marvel has coming to theme parks, movie theaters and shelves this year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Movie trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, let’s rank The Best Movie Trailers of 2019.

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batman movie set in joker's gotham

As we head into the next phase of awards season, Joker is still a serious contender for multiple awards – first at this weekend’s Golden Globes, and then it’s setting its sights on Oscars. And while we’re still waiting on an official announcement about a possible sequel, director Todd Phillips has suggested that he’d like to see a separate Batman movie set in Joker‘s Gotham City. But what might that look like?
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martin scorsese joker reaction

Whatever you think of Joker (it’s fine!), you have to admit that Todd Phillips’ dark, violent take on Batman’s arch-nemesis owes a considerable debt to the work of director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese was even mentioned as a possible producer at one point. You would think that might inspire The Irishman filmmaker to watch the movie, but you’d be wrong. According to Scorsese himself, he has yet to watch Joker, and probably never will.

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In the 21st century, geek properties have come to define our entertainment culture to the point where some say comic book nerds are now our cultural overlords. Despite false alarms of impending genre fatigue, superhero films dominated the 2010s right up until the end of the decade. In 2019, geek-chic gave way to peak-geek, with saga-ending pop culture behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker roaming the earth and indeed ruling the worldwide box office. However, “geek” is a broad term that could encompass not only sci-fi/fantasy but also the work of auteurist directors, whose filmographies inspire the same kind of brand-name loyalty among cinephiles. What the term really implies is a certain devotion.

We’re all movie geeks. For some fans, a new Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino film, especially one that served as a bittersweet career culmination, might be no less an event than a Disney+ premiere or a Game of Thrones finale. Throw in Joker and a few other wild cards — including the sale of 21st Century Fox and HBO’s live-action sequel to Watchmen, the greatest comic book story ever told — and it starts to feel like the deck was pretty stacked this year. In all honesty, there may never be another year like this again, entertainment-wise.

With the real world in shambles (“We’re in the endgame now?”), looking back on the escapist highs and lows of 2019 only serves to hammer that home with thundering clarity, like a powered-up Captain America laying the smackdown on any notions of a competing convergence of franchise farewells. Yet amid the perfect storm of geekiness that was 2019, new industry trends also emerged to create a picture of the future landscape of film and television.

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Did you hear a second season of Marvel’s What If…? animated series is already in production? Could we see Daniel Radcliffe in the Moon Knight series? When will the next Spider-Man movie start shooting? How did Martin Scorsese‘s daughter use Marvel to troll her father at Christmas? What went wrong with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark? What are the most anticipated comic book movies of 2020? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Joker

Todd PhillipsJoker was undoubtedly one of the most hotly debated movies of the year. While some praised it as a groundbreaking comic book movie with poignant social commentary, others found the film to have an unclear message and felt it was trying too hard to be an Oscar contender, despite an award-worthy performance by Joaquin Phoenix. But if filmmaker Kevin Smith is to be believed, audiences could have ended up arguing about the film’s shocking alternate ending which would have drastically changed comic book history. Read More »

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Want to see a clip from the upcoming ABC special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee? Why wasn’t Nite Owl in the first season of Watchmen? Which critics group awarded Joker the honor of Best Picture? What was a certain action sequence cut from Justice League? Did Sebastian Stan really put on enough muscle that his Winter Soldier arm doesn’t fit anymore? Would you like a full-on Constantine and Lucifer crossover? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »